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Seeking anyone interested in getting together with friends (new and old) at a convenient time and place to sit down and read a play! Out loud, without rehearsal (i.e., cold) for no one but ourselves, for fun and humankind! ;) More can be found on this idea here: https://coldreads.wordpress.com/

"We assume parts regardless of age/gender/type, and double up, and swap around so everyone reads major roles. Now and then we stop to “ad lib” (recap, question, clarify, opine, debate, share insights, wisecrack), until somebody says 'Shut up and deal.'" (from the Cold Reads website)

We will select the next play reading from a list submitted by members (so start thinking of plays you would like to read). Roles are assigned at each reading. No acting experience necessary- we're not performing and there is no audience (although, if you have acting experience or a flair for the dramatic, you will not be discouraged from showing it).

*You are welcome to just come and listen, too -- you don't have to read, although reading is part of the fun.*

Discussion, community and either "pot-luck" or access to refreshments for sale are a part of each reading.

We choose a play each month by putting member recommended plays into a randomizer ( https://wheelofnames.com/ )

We usually meet on the third Wednesday of each month (although sometimes this varies, so please check the events page) inside the Starbucks at the Lawrence & Ravenswood Mariano's grocery store.

Starting January 2020, members who have not been to a meet-up in over 6 months will be removed. Moving forward, new and existing members will also be asked to contribute a monthly donation at each meeting of any amount you can afford towards the upkeep of this page, or you can feel free to contribute online: https://secure.meetup.com/Chicago-Cold-Reads/contribute/ . Members must be at least 18 years old.

I appreciate your understanding and support!

Upcoming events (2)

[VIRTUAL] Join us for a read-aloud of Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies

You should only need to click the link in the location field (to the right, under "online event") to join us. It's that easy! For December, we will be reading Dinner With Friends, a play by Donald Margulies! You should be able to find the play in ebook format via Chicago Public Library's Hoopla streaming service: https://www.hoopladigital.com/. ** (if you live in the suburbs or elsewhere, check with your local library to see if you can use Hoopla or Overdrive with your card and if the play is available that way). If we don't have a full cast RSVP, we will each read multiple parts. One person will read the longer stage directions as well. I look forward to seeing you there!

[VIRTUAL] Join us for a read-aloud of Prodigal Son by John Patrick Shanley

You should only need to click the link in the location field (to the right, under "online event") to join us. It's that easy! For January 2021, we will be reading Prodigal Son by John Patrick Shanley! There are 5 roles plus the stage directions in this one. You should be able to find the play in ebook format via Chicago Public Library's Hoopla streaming service: https://www.hoopladigital.com/. ** (if you live in the suburbs or elsewhere, check with your local library to see if you can use Hoopla or Overdrive with your card and if the play is available that way). If we don't have a full cast RSVP, we will each read multiple parts. One person will read the longer stage directions as well. I look forward to seeing you there!

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